Sunday, August 12, 2018

Preparing Garden Tomatoes for Canning or Freezing.

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If you have a bumper crop of Tomatoes and can't eat them fast enough, canning or freezing is a great way to use them later in your favorite recipes.


Here our Tomatoes are ripening in the windows. We had storms and many were falling off the vines.
So we ripen in the windows---still by the sun.

IF you dont' have time to do tomatoes or have enough for a canning session, I freeze them whole with the skins and stems still on them. When you need some for a project ---pop the whole frozen tomatoes into a sink of hot water. The skins slide right off. Core and use for cooking. They are just like fresh, though they break down faster in cooking. A great time saver. I've held tomatoes like this for over a year. We made Tomato Sauce in January---when we actually wanted the heat from cooking in the house, instead of now---when it is going to be 88 today.


What you want to do is skin your tomatoes for canning or cooking. Leave the stems on and pop them into boiling water until the skins start to split. Anywhere from 1-3 min. 


Here you can see the skins slipping off just from removing them from the pot with a tongs.


Toss them into a clean sink of very cold water. 


As soon as you can handle them, core the tomatoes and the skins should slide off. Drain.


I add all the skins/cores to the scrap bucket to return to the compost pile, a GREEN thing to do.


Our San Marzano only take a minute or so...and they just slip out of the skins and are so firm. I love to can these whole and fill jars with juiced tomatoes.

Skinned and cored Tomatoes are now ready for your favorite recipes. We can Tomatoes, make juice, and make Zuchinni in Stewed Tomatoes, make sauces for canning. Tomatoes are the most versatile of all the vegetables...and easy to can.

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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!!I have never tried canning tomatoes..... Maybe when I retire....

    1. Yes, it's worth it, now that they are fairly expensive in the stores. And, homemade is always best...thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks! I'm saving this one. Not enough 'maters this year but hopefully next!

    1. I've been canning since the early 1960's. This is the easiest way to start. Thanks for stopping by. We made tomato sauce last January---just let it simmer all day---and put heat and moisture in the house.

  3. This is exactly what I do Sandi. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. This brings back memories of when I used to can tons of tomatoes every season. I haven't canned in years now.

    1. We still do tomatoes, and I have to do pickle relish, or my family would disown me. But that will probably be it. Unless I find a bushel of pickles or Apples.


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